We Are Our Brains

We Are Our Brains

A Neurobiography of the Brain, From the Womb to Alzheimer's

Book - 2014
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"The culmination of renowned neuroscientist D.F. Swaab's life's work, We Are Our Brains unlocks the mysteries of the most complex organism in the human body, providing a fascinating overview of the brain's role in nearly every aspect of human existence. In short, engaging chapters, Swaab explains what is going on in our brains at every stage of life, including how a fetus's brain develops and the role that pregnancy plays in solidifying certain aspects of our identity; the radical neurological changes that occur during adolescence; what happens when we fall in love; and the neurological basis for a host of different disorders and personality traits"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. Edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780812992960
Branch Call Number: 612.82 SWA
Characteristics: xxvi, 417 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 13, 2018

I didn't read most of it, but what I did read disappointed me. This feels like a neurologist's opinionated ramblings, like chatting over a beer. That's nice in some ways, but in a book that attempts to objectively explain neuroscience to me, it doesn't work: I don't want opinions. I want to know the facts, but the book is so heavily mired in opinion that the facts feel biasedly, selectively chosen (unless theyre obvious and clear, like "x causes y").
Further, some chapters discuss human evolution and anthropology, but rarely reference the brain at all. If you are looking for a neuroscience book, find another (maybe "Healthy Brain, Happy Life").


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